Full-Time Employment

We offer generous professional development opportunities to qualified full-time​​ employees.​​ The Virginia Aquarium recruits and hires most employees through the City of Virginia Beach.

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Part-Time Contract Employment

We are currently seeking:

Salary | $13.87 /hour

Hours | Up to 32 hours per week.

  • Typically, Monday through Friday 8:30am – 5pm
  • Rotating weekends.
  • Can be flexible with scheduling.

Duties | Provide administrative support to the Aquarium’s Volunteer Engagement Manager and the Volunteer Engagement office.

  • Screen volunteer applicants and process volunteer applications.
  • Orient new volunteers.
  • Answer phone inquiries.
  • Review and respond to volunteer office emails.
  • Greet walk-ins and respond to their requests.
  • Prepare and submit monthly reports.
  • Oversee volunteer office mailings and email blasts.
  • Assist with volunteer database and online courses database management.
  • Maintain monthly inventory of volunteer uniforms.
  • Coordinate logistics for volunteer classes and volunteer engagement events.
  • Assist with volunteer virtual meetings and training sessions.
  • Help maintain online volunteer recruitment ads.
  • Participate in volunteer recruitment events.
  • Assist with volunteer interview sessions and training registration.
  • Respond to volunteer inquires and process requests.
  • Assist with volunteer newsletter and Aquarium members' magazine articles.
  • Maintain/order office supplies.
  • Oversee projects assigned to volunteers serving in the volunteer office.
  • Other tasks as requested.

Requirements
Exceptional organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and experience working in a fast-paced environment without sacrificing productivity are required. Must have strong customer service skills, ability to maintain confidentiality, and handle multiple priorities. Advanced Microsoft Office Suite skills, the ability to bend and lift to 25 pounds, and a valid driver’s license is required.


Preferences
Previous administrative support or office management experience; experience working with volunteers of varying ages; proficient in using social media with creative writing and some graphic design skills; experience screening job/volunteer applications; proven data entry and database management experience with HRIS/CRM systems such as Volgistics or similar; conservation/marine science knowledge or interest are a plus.


How to Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to AquaVols@VirginiaAquarium.com by February 2, 2022

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.

Salary $13.34/hour


Hours | Shift hours will vary

  • Start and end times will be between 7:00am and 6:00pm each day
  • Rotating holidays and weekends will be necessary
  • Typically three consistent, 8-hour days each week

Duties | Provide accurate, precise water quality data to internal customers to facilitate the best care of resident animals

  • Collect and analyze water quality samples from marine and freshwater aquaria using appropriate technique
  • Maintain water quality records and databases
  • Maintain and operate standard laboratory equipment
  • Perform bacteriological and chemical analyses in a prompt manner and in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Maintain laboratory cleanliness
  • Engage with guests in a fun and professional manner on water quality topics

Requirements
Must be able to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays from time to time.


Preferences
College degree or college-level course work in chemistry, biology, or related fields; experience working in an EPA approved or a state-certified laboratory; good written and verbal communication skills; ability to work independently; excellent observation skills; ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment; familiarity with laboratory instruments such as pH meters and spectrophotometers.


How to Apply

Send a resume via email to AHobgood@VirginiaAquarium.com by January 31, 2022


Please call the hiring manager directly at 757-385-0243 with any questions not addressed in this post.


Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by February 18, at the latest.

This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.


Salary | $11.39


Hours | flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm


Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary.

  • Greet all guests in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness
  • Act as a host to each guest by demonstrating behavior that supports a positive, cheerful, and professional attitude
  • Responsible and accountable for cash in assigned safe each day. Responsible for daily balancing of cash safe, cash drawers, and making daily cash drops.
  • Directs daily scheduled staff, ensuring all procedures and policies are being followed.
  • Assist in training new staff as needed.
  • Assist guests in a friendly and positive manner by using your knowledge of Aquarium offerings, membership, and general information
  • Sell tickets, in person, through our ticketing system for various activities offered at the aquarium including, aquarium admissions, boat trips, memberships, advanced tickets, and gift certificates or
  • Sell merchandise through a POS system, run reports, answer questions about the merchandise, maintain a clean and organized sales floor and restock merchandise
  • Receive payment by cash, credit cards, or vouchers. Issue receipts, refunds or change due to guest
  • Work in a fast-paced environment and process customers in an expedient and friendly manner
  • Go beyond what is expected – deliver personal experiences that inspire, delight, and engage
  • Become familiar with the Aquarium’s story – history, accomplishments, and future goals
  • Project a professional image while in uniform

Requirements
Must be able to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs. This is a working shift lead/key holder position which includes selling tickets or merchandise.


Preferences
Outstanding customer service skills; experience as a shift leader/key holder; cash handling, opening/closing a safe, and balancing experience; experience training new employees; excellent written and verbal communication skills; enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoy working with people.


How to Apply

Send a resume via
Email to VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.


Salary | $11.00


Hours | flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm


Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary

  • Greet all guests in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness.
  • Act as a host to each guest by demonstrating behavior that supports a positive, cheerful, and professional attitude.
  • Sell tickets, in person, through SRO4 ticketing system for various activities offered at the Aquarium including, Aquarium admissions, boat trips, memberships, advanced tickets, and gift certificates or
  • Sell merchandise, answer questions about merchandise, maintain a clean and organized sales floor and restock merchandise.
  • Receive payment by cash, credit cards, or vouchers. Issue receipts, refunds, or change due to guests.
  • Direct guests through the entry process by helping them practice social distancing.
  • Assist guests in a friendly and positive manner by using your knowledge of Aquarium offerings, prices, membership, directions, and general information
  • Convey and explain reasons for COVID-19 regulations and request guests follow them.
  • Become familiar with the Aquarium's story – history, accomplishments, and future goals.
  • Go beyond what is expected – deliver personal experiences that inspire, delight, and engage.
  • Project a professional image while in uniform.

Requirements

  • Must be able to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm.
  • This is a position that requires the applicant to stand for long periods of time, it is not a seated position.

Preferences

Outstanding customer service skills; completion of at least two years of high school; enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoy working with people; cash handling experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; have ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


How to Apply

Send a resume via
Email to VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.


Salary | $11/hour


Hours | 20-40 hours/week; M-F


Duties | Keep the Aquarium looking and operating great!

  • Support the Aquarium’s building and facilities needs by responding to calls and requesting maintenance using a work order database, performing minor repairs, and supporting projects.
  • Provide professional level communication and support to aquarium staff, city maintenance teams, contractors, and vendors.
  • Greet all guests with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness
  • Always project a professional image while in uniform
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks by priority
  • Survey the Aquarium to confirm work completion, and report maintenance needs
  • Research vendors and suppliers for materials and projects
  • Perform paint touch ups
  • Must be able to write and communicate clearly
  • Able to follow detailed instructions both verbal and written.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, climb, stretch, work in tight spaces
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

Preferences

High school diploma and experience with building maintenance, customer service, database use, word processing, Excel, hand tool use and building repairs. Flexible work schedule. Provide enthusiastic support to maintenance personnel, contractors and aquarium staff. Ability to work in the occasional fast paced stressful situation. Great listening skills. Great organizational skills. Self-starter with strong work ethic.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter via

Email to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.

Salary | $11/hr

Hours | 4:30pm-12:30am or 12:30am-8:30am


Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary

  • Greet all guests/staff in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness
  • Act as a host to each guest/staff by demonstrating behavior that supports a positive, cheerful and professional attitude
  • Monitor a video surveillance system for suspicious activity
  • Walk trails and parking lots to ensure safety of outside areas
  • Check buildings and grounds to ensure no unauthorized individuals
  • Respond to alarms
  • Maintain communication with City of Virginia Beach Dispatch Unit as needed
  • Perform a variety of assignments relating to security and after hours safety of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center facility, guests, staff and grounds
  • Report and/or record all after-hours activity occurring in facility or on property
  • Maintain effective working relationship with other departments of the facility
  • Work with little or no supervision
  • Project a professional image while in uniform

Requires

  • High school diploma or GED, plus 1 year of experience in fields related to security, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Virginia or North Carolina driver's license.

Preferences

Experience working overnight shift with scheduled rounds. Experience working unsupervised. Demonstrated knowledge of security protocol. Customer service skills. Computer skills. Good driving record. Certification through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter via

Email to broosa@virginiaaquarium.
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.

Salary | $11/hour

Hours: Hours vary, some weekends required.


Duties | Assist the horticulture section with nature trail and horticulture exhibit maintenance, including but not limited to:

  • Mulching, maintaining, and weeding plant and shrub beds, lawn areas, and walkways
  • Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
  • Planting, raking, collecting, and removing debris
  • Operation of a lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed eater
  • Loading and unloading tools, equipment, soil, gravel, and sand for project assignments
  • Maintaining plants in an indoor environment
  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Other horticultural duties as required.

Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED plus some outdoor work experience.
  • Ability to use common gardening and hand tools.
  • Ability to perform physical labor under various climate conditions for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend and kneel for extended periods.
  • Ability to use a backpack blower and string trimmer for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Interact with staff, volunteers, and public in a pleasant and professional manner.

Preferences

  • Have a general knowledge of horticulture practices and a desire to learn.
  • Knowledge of native Virginia plants is desirable, but not required.
  • Horticulture experience is a plus.

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.


Internships

We offer several internships for college students throughout the year. These unpaid volunteer positions provide career exploration for rising college juniors and seniors seeking academic credit with an interest in pursuing careers related to biology, marine biology, science education, aquarium sciences, or related support staff positions

The Virginia Aquarium’s Research and Conservation Division is now accepting intern applications for Summer 2022.

  • Two unpaid positions are available.
  • The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 4, 2022.
  • The internship start date is flexible.

Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Duties
Assist with aquatic husbandry and maintenance at Virginia Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center. This will include:

  • Marine and freshwater specimen collection (seine net, hook, and line, dip net, trawl net, etc.).
  • Disease recognition and treatment of marine and freshwater fish,
  • Water chemistry testing and treatment,
  • Food preparation, feeding aquatic animals, cleaning habitats, system maintenance, and repair.
  • Involvement with various marine mammal and sea turtle-stranding activities and participation in various field research projects.

Qualifications

  • Current student or recent college graduate with course work in biology, marine science, fisheries science, or related field.
  • A strong career interest in fisheries management, aquaculture, public aquarium management, or marine science.
  • Previous field and/or laboratory research and small boat handling experience are a plus.
  • Must know how to swim and SCUBA certified. Open water level preferred.
  • Must be able to work in extreme environmental conditions for up to 8 hours.
  • Must have the ability to lift 50 pounds.

Position Requirements are based on school requirements.

Internship Learning Objectives are based on school requirements.

Intern Schedule is flexible with a minimum requirement of 2-3 days a week.

Minimum Commitment Required
This internship has a minimum requirement of 8 weeks.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
Acquisition, Quarantine & Boat Operations Manager

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Darden Marine Animal Conservation Center is the base site. The location of activities will vary.

How to Apply
A complete Acquisition & Quarantine Intern application packet must include the following components.
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement- Intern Applicant
OR
Em​ail complete application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy JThompso@VirginiaAquarium.com.

Please put "A&Q Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.

The Virginia Aquarium’s Science Education Division is now accepting School Programs Intern applications for summer 2022.

  • There are two unpaid positions available.
  • The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 4, 2022.
  • The internship duration is flexible between May 2022 and August 2022.

Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
The intern will be introduced to a variety of educational programs to help build marine science knowledge, public speaking and presentation skills, and confidence in teaching all ages in an informal setting.

Duties

  • Engage school-aged children with live animal presentations and hands-on activities at the Aquarium and offsite at schools, daycares, libraries, and outdoor events.
  • Engage school-aged children with live animal presentations, interactive discussions, Q&A sessions, and viewing aquarium habitats in a virtual setting.
  • Work with education specialists to complete administrative tasks and special projects related to school programming. Tasks may include developing new lesson plans and activities, conducting inventories, organizing supplies, and updating training materials.

Qualifications

  • An interest in science or education.
  • Ability to lift to 50 pounds.
  • Comfortable interacting with children and adults.
  • Public speaking and customer service experience preferred.

Position Requirements

The intern will be expected to work with education staff to develop presentation skills and deliver components of the program to school-aged children. Depending on the intern’s objectives, he or she may work to develop a special presentation or project.

Intern Learning Objectives

  • Review program outlines and animal information to build knowledge.
  • Shadow education staff during programs to build knowledge and presentation skills.
  • Co-instruct with education staff to practice skills and improve the ability to communicate effectively with all ages.

Intern Schedule
Most education programs take place Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some programs will require an earlier start for travel or are scheduled in the late afternoon. Interns must have a flexible schedule to assist with all programs during the summer.

Minimum Commitment Required
A minimum of 100 hours is required. The total number of hours can be determined based on the intern’s objectives and school credit requirements.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
Virginia Aquarium’s Education Outreach Coordinator

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Main Building, South Building, and off-site locations.

Application Requirements
A complete School Programs Intern application packet must include the following components. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

How to Apply

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement- Intern Applicant
OR
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy RRiesbec@VirginiaAquarium.com.

Please type "School Programs Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.

The Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Sensible Seafood Intern applications for Summer 2022.

  • There is one unpaid position available.
  • The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 4, 2022.
  • The internship duration is between June 2022 and August 2022.

Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
Intern will research and collect data related to unsustainable behaviors and help create and implement campaigns designed to encourage sustainable activities using community-based social marketing strategies.

Duties
Duties could include one or more of the following based on when an intern joins the current project or campaign:

  • Perform literature searches related to the region and specific sustainable behaviors.
  • Collect and log observable data related to specific sustainable behaviors.
  • Create and facilitate intercept surveys.
  • Collate and interpret data using statistical analysis.
  • Assist with creating and facilitating specific sustainable behavior campaigns.
  • Assist with evaluating campaigns.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate students, science and/or math background preferred.
  • Rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply – the project could potentially count as a capstone project.

Position Requirements
The intern will complete a final report (white paper) on their project findings. A presentation to Aquarium staff and volunteers during a Lunch & Learn is encouraged but not required.

Intern Learning Objectives
The student will:

  • Learn the process and associated steps of community-based social marketing that lead to successful behavioral changes
  • Learn how behavioral changes are targeted and studied based on research and observable data
  • Learn how to analyze and apply data and results to implement successful behavioral change campaigns in the community

Intern Schedule
The schedule is determined at the start of the internship based on availability and the program schedule.

Minimum Commitment Required
10-20 hours per week based on an established schedule.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
Special Projects Coordinator

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Main Building is the base site. Location of activities will vary and are determined by individual projects.

How to Apply
A complete Sensible Seafood Intern application packet must include the following components. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement- Intern Applicant
OR
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy LAClemen@VirginiaAquarium.com.

Please type "Sensible Seafood Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.

The Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division is now accepting Stranding Response Intern applications for Summer 2022.

  • The application deadline is February 12, 2022.
  • Internships will be approximately three months long, starting between May and June.
  • Internships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.

Please note that all positions are non-compensatory, and housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) interns promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Once accepted, interns will be assigned to either necropsy or rehabilitation focus area. Interns will be cross-trained in all aspects of stranding response; however, daily tasks will be delegated according to focus area and caseload. Stranding work is unpredictable; therefore, experiences will vary by internship session. VAQS will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each session.

Duties

  • Respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field.
  • Participate in all aspects of post-mortem examinations: cutting and sampling, data collection, photographing, carcass recovery, and cleaning.
  • Perform daily husbandry tasks, including food preparation, feeding, and cleaning the rehab area, kitchen, and associated supplies.
  • Assist staff with new admits and daily treatments of patients. Restrain animals for exams, collect vitals (heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature) and morphometrics, take photographs, administer medications, and perform wound care.
  • Ensure response preparedness by stocking response bags, fueling vehicles, and cleaning gear.
  • Assist with releases of rehabilitation patients, public outreach events, and volunteer/cooperator training events.
  • Assist staff with daily administrative tasks, including answering hotline calls, data entry, and completing response paperwork.
  • Complete other projects and tasks as assigned by VAQS.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated within the last two years.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds and walk long distances on the beach in adverse conditions such as extreme heat and cold, humidity, rain, and wind.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Should be comfortable around dead and decomposing animals.
  • Should be comfortable driving large pick-up trucks and vans (preferred). Willing to learn how to drive response vehicles, if accepted (required).
  • Background in biology and familiarity with stranding response preferred.
  • Experience with DSLR cameras and Microsoft Access preferred.

Position Requirements

  • Attend VAQS orientation and City of Virginia Beach Defensive Driving upon starting.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Wear a mask and comply with all organizational COVID-19 preventative measures.

Internship Learning Objectives
Develop fundamental hands-on stranding response and rehabilitation skills:

  • Perform post-mortem examinations on sea turtles and marine mammals.
  • Perform basic health assessments of rehabilitation patients, including vitals collection, wound treatment, administering medications, and blood processing.
  • Complete Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) and Marine Mammal Stranding Level A forms.
  • Enter stranding data in Microsoft Access.

Intern Schedule
The intern is expected to be available 3-4 days per week, 8:00am-4:30pm. Weekend and holiday coverage are expected.

Minimum Commitment Required
24-32 hours per week for the duration of the internship.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
VAQS Volunteer Manager and project supervisor.

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Darden Marine Animal Conservation Center

How to Apply
A complete Stranding Response Internship packet must include the following components:

  • Cover letter detailing preferred focus area (necropsy or rehabilitation) and internship expectations. While we will do our best to accommodate intern preferences, staff will make the final focus area determination. There is some flexibility with the internship start and end dates. Please include any known schedule conflicts in your letter.
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Internship application form.
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be an academic reference.
  • Resume
  • College transcript(s)

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement - Intern Applicant
OR
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com and copy vaqstranding@gmail.com.

Please type "Stranding Response Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.

The Virginia Aquarium’s Science Education Division is now accepting Summer Camp Intern applications for Summer 2022.

  • There are four unpaid volunteer positions available.
  • The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 4, 2022.
  • The internship duration is flexible between mid-June 2022 and August 2022.

Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
Interns develop skills to teach in an informal science environment while aiding instructors in providing a safe, educational, and memorable experience to participants, age 5 to 15, attending Virginia Aquarium summer camps.

Duties

  • Assist campers with hands-on experiments, live animal encounters, nature play, collecting live organisms, and behind-the-scenes encounters.
  • Assist with designing new activities and experiences for campers.
  • Prepare materials and teaching spaces.
  • Communicate with parents to facilitate check-in and check-out procedures.

Qualifications

  • Prefer candidates majoring in science or education.
  • Must have completed at least one year of college or a recent graduate (within the past 12 months).
  • Must have the ability to recognize and share teachable moments with campers.
  • Must be able to work actively outdoors and in the water.
  • Experience working with children is a plus.

Position Requirements
The intern will be expected to work with education staff to develop presentation skills and deliver components of the camp to participants. Depending on the intern’s objectives, he or she may work to develop activities that tie in with the camp’s theme.

Intern Learning Objectives

  • Review camp outlines, activity plans, and animal information to build knowledge.
  • Attend all camp training sessions scheduled in June 2022.
  • Complete Kulture City sensory training and other sessions to build an understanding of children with special needs.
  • Shadow education staff during camps to build knowledge and presentation skills.
  • Co-instruct with education staff to practice skills and improve the ability to communicate effectively with ages 5 to 15.

Intern Schedule
Summer camps take place Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. May require an adjusted schedule to facilitate early drop-offs and late pick-ups starting at 7:00 a.m. or ending at 6:00 p.m.

Minimum Commitment of 120 hours is required.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
Virginia Aquarium’s Summer Camp Coordinator

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Main Building, South Building, and offsite locations.

How to Apply
A complete Summer Camp Intern application packet must include the following components. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Mail your completed application packet to:

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement- Intern Applicant
OR
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com and copy RRiesbec@VirginiaAquarium.com.

Please type "Summer Camp Intern Application Packet" in the subject line.

The Virginia Aquarium’s Life Support Division is now accepting Water Quality Lab Intern applications for Summer 2022.

  • There are four unpaid positions available.
  • The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 4, 2022.
  • The internship duration is June 2022 through August 2022.

Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
The intern will perform water quality lab analyses on in-house samples and/or environmental samples from a variety of water bodies throughout Virginia Beach. Analyses include chemical, nutrient, and bacteria parameters in salt and brackish water systems. Intern data will contribute to improvements of in-house care practices or to the Aquarium’s public water quality map and to the Department of Environmental Quality water quality database.

Duties

  • Perform field sampling and laboratory testing.
  • Develop and complete individual water quality research projects utilizing the data collected.

Qualifications

  • Applicant should have completed basic biology and basic chemistry college course by the internship start date
  • Prefer biology, chemistry, environmental science major or related field.
  • Previous field/laboratory experience and knowledge of laboratory safety is a plus.
  • Must be able to work outdoors and after training, perform detailed laboratory procedures with minimal supervision.
  • Long periods of standing and walking in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Position Requirements

  • An individual project and presentation are required for the completion of the internship.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required.

Intern Learning Objectives

  • Practical application of experimental design
  • Strengthen scientific writing skills
  • Practice collecting samples and analyzing them for a number of important contaminants
  • Gain exposure to data analysis and interpretation
  • Opportunity to network with professionals in the field across many different disciplines

Intern Schedule
A typical Water Quality Lab Intern schedule is Monday through Thursday, noon to 5:00pm. An occasional Friday may be necessary and flexibility is required.

Minimum Commitment Required
A minimum of 120 hours is required and 20 hours each week over the course of 10 weeks.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
Virginia Aquarium’s Water Quality Lab Manager

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Main Building and off-site locations.

How to Apply
A complete Water Quality Lab Intern application packet must include the following components. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement - Intern Applicant
OR
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com and copy ahobgood@virginiaaquarium.com.

Please type “Water Quality Lab Intern Application Packet” in the subject line.

The Virginia Aquarium’s Gallery Education Division is now accepting Watershed Warrior Intern applications for Summer 2022.

  • There is one unpaid position available.
  • The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
  • Notification of acceptance will occur no later than April 4, 2022.
  • The internship duration is flexible between mid-June 2022 and August 2022.

Please note that all internships are non-compensatory and intern housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium. Interns are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.

Position Overview
The Watershed Warrior Intern will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Watershed Warriors program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content on the importance of the local watershed. This person will serve as a role model for diverse youth Volunteers and mentor them to engage a wide variety of guests to the Virginia Aquarium.

Duties

  • Develop station activities and engagements in line with the current COVID guidelines that highlight the importance of watersheds and the roles watersheds play in conservation.
  • Engage a wide variety of audiences in the Aquarium to educate them on how they can take action to protect their local watersheds.
  • Supervise and mentor Watershed volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Train and coach Watershed volunteers to engage guests while communicating Watershed-specific educational content.
  • Work with Guest Experience staff to ensure guests' needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Intern will create Watershed Warriors Program Guide

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have graduated within the last 12 months.
  • Must be comfortable working in an outdoor, hot, and humid environment.
  • Must have the ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must have knowledge of saltmarsh environments and inhabitants.
  • Must be comfortable getting wet and muddy.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently, as well as with a team.
  • Must have the ability to maintain a high energy level in varying conditions.
  • Must have good communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking. The ability to speak with large groups is required.
  • Must enjoy working with individuals of all ages.
  • CPR/First Aid certification preferred but not required.

Intern Learning Objectives

  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain supervisory and mentoring skills with a diverse adult and youth volunteer team.
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of your experience that includes insight and knowledge gained to be shared with the education staff in an informal presentation.

Intern Schedule
Scheduling is flexible as the Virginia Aquarium is open 7 days a week. The intern is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 9:00am-5:00pm, including some weekends.

Intern Supervisor/Mentor
Virginia Aquarium’s Guest Engagement Supervisor

Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Main Building, South Building, and Watershed Exhibit

How to Apply
A complete Watershed Warrior Intern application packet must include the following components.
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement - Intern Applicant
OR
Email completed application packet to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy
KPBurns@VirginiaAquarium.com.

Please type “Watershed Warrior Intern Application Packet” in the subject line.

Fellowships

We also offer fellowship opportunities in marine science, animal care, exhibits, and education, to college or post-graduate students. The Batten Fellowship also includes a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Batten Fellowships fund students to complete work in specific projects and programs.


Descriptions for all fellowships currently available and how to apply can be found below.


The Virginia Aquarium’s Research & Conservation Division is now accepting applications for Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Response Batten Fellowships.

  • The application deadline is January 31, 2022.
  • Fellows are expected to work 800 hours over approximately five months, starting between May and July.
  • Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • This competitive position includes modest compensation to help offset personal and incidental expenses over the course of the appointment period.

Position Overview
Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) Fellows promote the conservation of marine animal species through research, rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Fellows will be trained in all aspects of stranding response. Stranding work is unpredictable; therefore, experiences will vary by fellowship session. VAQS staff will provide as many learning opportunities as possible during each session.


Duties

  • Respond to live and dead marine mammals and sea turtles in the field.
  • Participate in all aspects of post-mortem examinations: cutting and sampling, data collection & entry, photographing, report writing, carcass removal, and cleaning.
  • Perform daily husbandry tasks, including food preparation, feeding, and cleaning the rehab area, kitchen and associated supplies and equipment.
  • Assist staff with new patients, including daily treatments, restraining animals for exams, collecting vital rates (heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature) and morphometrics, taking photographs, administering medications, and performing wound care.
  • Assist with research projects and field activities involving sea turtles and marine mammals.
  • Ensure response preparedness by stocking response bags, fueling vehicles, and cleaning/restocking gear and supplies.
  • Assist with releases of rehabilitation patients, public outreach events, and volunteer/cooperator training.
  • Assist staff with daily administrative tasks, including answering hotline calls, data entry, and completing response paperwork.
  • Complete other projects and tasks as assigned by VAQS staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a science-based (or veterinary) program.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds and walk long distances (>5 mi/8 km) on the beach in adverse conditions such as extreme heat and cold, humidity, rain, and/or wind.
  • Be able to swim and be comfortable in and around open water and boats.
  • Be willing to learn how to drive response vehicles, if accepted (required).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in marine or veterinary science.
  • Have some experience in stranding response, field research, and/or wild/exotic animal care.
  • Have basic math and computer skills using MS spreadsheets, relational databases, and data entry (advanced programs such as SQL, GIS, R, etc. preferred).
  • Be comfortable around dead and decomposing animals.
  • Be comfortable driving large pick-up trucks and vans.

Position Requirements

  • Attend VAQS orientation and City of Virginia Beach Defensive Driving.
  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to perform support activities (24-7) as needed during the period of appointment.

Fellowship Learning Objectives
Develop fundamental hands-on stranding response and rehabilitation skills:

  • Perform basic post-mortem examinations on sea turtle and marine mammals.
  • Perform basic health assessments of rehabilitation patients, including collecting vital rates, treating wounds, administering medications, and processing blood samples.
  • Be able to complete Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) and Marine Mammal Stranding Level A forms.
  • Enter stranding data in Microsoft Access.
  • Complete an individual project with a final deliverable (paper/report and/or oral presentation).

Fellow Schedule
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekend and holiday coverage is expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 800 hours


Fellow Supervisor/Mentor
VAQS Volunteer Manager and Project Supervisor


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium’s Darden Marine Animal Conservation Center


Application Requirements
A complete Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Response Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following:
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter. There is some flexibility with the Fellowship start and end dates; please include any know schedule conflicts.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference. Letters can be sent separately to vaqstranding@gmail.com.

Completed Application Packet

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Batten Fellowship

OR

Email your complete application to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy vaqstranding@gmail.com.

Please type “Stranding Response Fellowship” in the subject line.


Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Guest Engagement staff is now accepting applications for a Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship.

  • The application deadline is open until candidate has been selected.
  • Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period, starting in May and ending in December.
  • Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • This competitive position includes modest compensation to help offset personal and incidental expenses over the course of the appointment period.

Position Overview
The Watershed Warrior Fellow will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Watershed Warriors program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content on the importance of watersheds. This inclusive person will serve as a role model for diverse youth docents and mentor them to engage a wide variety of guests to the Virginia Aquarium.


Duties

  • Develop station activities and engagements in line with the current COVID guidelines that highlight the importance of watersheds and the roles watersheds play in conservation.
  • Engage a wide variety of audiences to the Aquarium to educate them on how they can take action to protect their local watersheds.
  • Supervise and mentor Watershed volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Train and coach Watershed volunteers to engage guests while communicating Watershed-specific educational content.
  • Work with staff to ensure guests needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Facilitate additional team-building exercises and programs for the Watershed Warrior volunteers to build their skills and retain their interest in the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a related field.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water and boats.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental education and/or science communication.
  • Have some experience mentoring and coaching volunteers or students in the noted age group.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing good customer service.

Position Requirements

  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to work during the Aquarium’s operating hours, 9am-5pm/7pm(summer) daily, which includes weekends and holidays.

Fellowship Learning Objectives

  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain supervisory and mentoring skills with a diverse youth volunteer team.
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of your experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that you share with the education staff in an informal presentation.


Fellow Schedule
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 9 a.m. 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. during the summer. Weekend and holiday coverage is expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 400 hours


Fellowship Supervisor/Mentor
Guest Engagement Education Project Supervisor


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


Application Requirements
A complete Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.

Completed Application Packet

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Batten Fellowship

OR

Email your complete application to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com.

Please type “Watershed Warrior Fellowship” in the subject line.


Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Learn more about Batten Fellowships.